Pen Bay Medical Center has opened a new, 42,000-square-foot health center on its Rockport campus. All offices are now seeing patients.

Before the center opened, PBMC’s primary care practices were scattered across several locations off campus. The new facility brings them under one roof, housing Internal Medicine and Family Medicine; Pediatrics and Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy; Audiology and Speech Pathology; and the Ear, Nose and Throat practice. It also provides space where specialists from the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center can meet with patients in Rockport, reducing the need for children with special health needs to travel to Portland.

In a news release, PBMC Chief Medical Officer Mark Eggena said, “The Health Center marks an important step forward for this community. It will improve the health care we bring to the community by making it easier for physicians and staff to collaborate and connect patients with the wellness, prevention and specialty services they need.”

Dr. Eggena described the Health Center as a safe place for patients to go during the pandemic. “The safety of patients and care team members is our first priority,” he said. “The pandemic has taught us that delaying care and routine screenings such a mammograms and colonoscopies out of fear of COVID-19 can lead to serious health complications.”

COVID-19 forced the hospital to change plans for the way it marked the opening. Instead of a large, public celebration, PBMC held a series of small, private ribbon cutting ceremonies, and all participants wore masks and maintained social distancing. A video of the event can be viewed on YouTube at bit.ly/pbmcribboncutting.